This text focuses on what teachers can do to create the best possible relationship with their students, demonstrating the effects of a teacher's behaviour and organisation on their class. By connecting with their students, teachers can create personal and safe environments that convey a sense of purpose and worth and engage students in learning. Using a healthy measure of theory and plenty of practical advice this text helps teacher education students develop their own approach and skills to cater for individual students' needs. This text is interactive and involves activities for practising skills in working with all students including challenging children and youth.
Tim McDonald is the Director of Catholic Education, Western Australia.